Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Back from California...

Oh well we returned to reality yesterday.  Had a fabulous time, but it's always good to be home in your own bed.  It's a little cooler here...we had temps in the 30s (C) every day, so a bit of a shock to come back to 14 degrees C.  The first couple of days we just cruised and shopped and looked around. We were staying at the Hyatt in Anaheim so there were lots of things within walking distance.  It seems a lot cheaper there in the supermarkets, but meals out aren't once you add in 20% for the tip.  Took a while to get used to tipping, but we eventually got the hang of it. I never knew who to tip and who not to tip, so we just winged it. Didn't get any rotten fruit thrown at us, so we must have done it ok. 

Janet and Clara (2 fabulous women I had met online through a quilting board) picked me up on Sunday and we went to M & L Fabrics in Anaheim. What an amazing store and so cheap. I picked up a few bargains ;) Actually after my shopping spree here, I needed to buy another suitcase to get the fabric home!

Clara ready and raring to go with her trolley
Janet hunting for bargains!
The 3 of us after the shopping trip
The next 3 days were taken up with Disneyland and California Adventure Park.  Fastpass is fantastic...certainly saved queuing for hours.  So many fabulous rides and things to see, but exhausting. 

Just before the fun started!! 
Pluto was gorgeous and really acted his part well 
World of Color Show...amazing!! All done with lights and water 
Just inside the entrance
On Thursday, we headed up to LA. Certainly had a different feeling to Anaheim. Our hotel was right behind the Kodak Theater so perfect for just strolling down to Hollywood Boulevard. Everyone there was just trying to make a buck.  Michale Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame was certainly the most popular by far.  We went to Universal Studios on Friday. I preferred this to Disneyland and will never view movies in the same way again!! 

Hannah's new boyfriend
Just resting up under the famous sign!
Chilling with the Simpsons!
From the set of Desperate Housewives. They were filming while we were there.

On Saturday and Sunday we shopped.  Just happened to stumble into a little shoe shop...

A few purchases...Thought we were quite restrained.

So goodbye LA...


  1. Glad you had a safe and memorable time in LA. And home safe and tired is a good thing.

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time!! It's also nice to see a face to go with your name and blog persona!!

  3. Oh wow, so much fabric.
    Glad you are safely home and in your own familiar bed. Cheers!
    Go the Abs

  4. Did you find the DSW shoe warehouse by chance?

  5. Looks like you had a fab time over in LA! You won't want to buy fabric here now that you've bought some at their more reasonable prices. We didn't do Universal Studio's when we were there 3 years ago so it's nice to know that you liked it more than Disneyland. It's on my 'to so' list for next time!

  6. oh my, what a trip huh!!! It does take a while for us Kiwi's to get into the habit of tipping!! How fabulous to catch up with some blogging buddies.

  7. wow looks like you guys had a great time


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